Author Archives: Stephanie Small

Snoring canine companion rattles the windows

Snoring is one of those loud, annoying habits that are always more irritating for the listener. Balancing peaceful sleep with family harmony can put any relationship to the test.

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Print media a favorite amongst hoarders

Yes, there are reasons to keep print media alive. You may be happy getting your news online, but for some citizens the loss of the printed page will have a profoundly life-altering impact.

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How to make eating truly mindless

Let’s face it: there are times when eating is just a drudge. Who cares about flavor — just get it down as quickly as possible. Don’t you wish there were a gadget to speed up the task?

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From Lucky Charms to … toy charms?

Remember as a child, getting excited when you dug a prize out of the cereal box? Eating became secondary, as you dumped out the edibles — at least that’s what I did — in search of the buried treasure.

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Running stairs: easier with four legs and a toy?

Running stairs may be the ultimate poor-man’s Stairmaster, but even for a dog it gets deathly dull — fast. What’s needed is some serious motivation.

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Office prank busts out more than laughs

Working the 9-to-5 office drill can drive you a little batty — unless you look for ways to liven things up a bit. Just don’t take it too far.

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Readers are vocal about EULA wording changes

Microsoft’s Web site often bears end-user license agreements (EULAs) that differ from the ones displayed to users during software installation, as described in a Feb. 4
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by WS senior editor Woody Leonhard.

Whatever your feelings about EULAs in general, the idea that a EULA might change after that fact sparked a lively discussion among members of the Windows Secrets Lounge.

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Make music on the cheap with soda bottles

Remember when you were a kid and would make “music” by blowing across the top of your soda bottle? (Maybe you still do it.) Most of us would be satisfied with playing a one-note symphony.

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Pac-Man has now invaded your living space

The best optical illusions are truly mind-boggling. Tricking your brain into seeing what isn’t really there can be challenging — but once you get the hang of it, you have the sensation of a hallucination without having to ingest any controlled substances.

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This vending machine gives and gives and gives

A refreshing beverage or snack straight from a vending machine is a simple treat that almost everyone enjoys. Whether at work or school, allowing yourself to indulge in a soda or a cookie brings pleasure to even the most ordinary day.

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